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The Scottish Affairs Select Committee is a select committee of the House of Commons in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The remit of the Committee is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland (and prior to that, the Scottish Office), and relations with the Scottish Parliament. It also looks at the administration and expenditure of the Advocate General for Scotland.[1]

Unlike the Scottish Grand Committee, MPs from constituencies outside Scotland can, and do, sit on the Scottish Affairs Committee.


Following the 2019 general election, the House of Commons appointed the members of the Scottish Affairs committee on 4 May 2020. As of July 2020 the membership is as follows:[2]

Member Party Constituency
Pete Wishart MP (Chair) Scottish National Party Perth & North Perthshire
Mhairi Black MP Scottish National Party Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Deidre Brock MP Scottish National Party Edinburgh North and Leith
Andrew Bowie MP Conservative West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Alberto Costa MP Conservative South Leicestershire
Douglas Ross MP Conservative Moray
Sally-Ann Hart MP Conservative Hastings and Rye
John Lamont MP Conservative Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk
Jon Cruddas MP Labour Dagenham and Rainham
Liz Twist MP Labour Blaydon
Wendy Chamberlain MP Liberal Democrats North East Fife


Occasionally, the House of Commons orders changes to be made in terms of membership of select committees, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, such changes are shown below.

Date Outgoing Member
& Party
Constituency New Member
& Party
Constituency Source
29 November 2010 Mark Menzies MP (Conservative) Fylde Mike Freer MP (Conservative) Finchley and Golders Green Hansard
Julian Smith MP (Conservative) Skipton and Ripon Simon Reevell MP (Conservative) Dewsbury
25 October 2011 Cathy Jamieson MP (Labour) Kilmarnock and Loudoun Iain McKenzie MP (Labour) Inverclyde Hansard
Fiona O'Donnell MP (Labour) East Lothian Graeme Morrice MP (Labour) Livingston
23 January 2012 Graeme Morrice MP (Labour) Livingston Pamela Nash MP (Labour) Airdrie and Shotts Hansard
5 November 2012 David Mowat MP (Conservative) Warrington South Michael Crockart MP (Liberal Democrat) Edinburgh West Hansard
28 January 2013 Fiona Bruce MP (Conservative) Congleton Eleanor Laing MP (Conservative) Epping Forest Hansard
Iain McKenzie MP (Labour) Inverclyde Graeme Morrice MP (Labour) Livingston
4 February 2013 Mike Freer MP (Conservative) Finchley and Golders Green Sir James Paice MP (Conservative) South East Cambridgeshire Hansard

List of chairs

Member First elected Method
Vacant [3] June 1987
William McKelvey[3] 15 July 1992 Elected by the Select Committee
Irene Adams 14 July 1997 Elected by the Select Committee
Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar 13 July 2005 Elected by the Select Committee
Ian Davidson[4] 10 June 2010 Elected by the House of Commons (uncontested)
Pete Wishart[5] 10 June 2015 Elected by the House of Commons (uncontested)

See also


  1. ^ UK Parliament - Scottish Affairs Select Committee Home Page
  2. ^ "Scottish Affairs Committee - Membershi". Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b "House of Commons - Liaison Committee - First Report". UK Parliament. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Winning candidates for select committee Chairs announced". UK Parliament. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Results of elections for select committee chairs announced". UK Parliament. Retrieved 17 September 2019.